The One’s to Watch Tour brought the heat to the Deluxe Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN on July 16th. For opening act Lauren Sanderson, it was her hometown show and her fans showed up. Opening with The Only One every fan had their hands in the air and were screaming lyrics back to her. She was one of the most thankful artists I’ve ever seen. She recently get out of a crappy record deal, and donned a fan made shirt that read, “former epic recording artist and now madly, wildly, independent as HELL recording artist, Lauren Sanderson.” She announced her debut album coming soon, and played an unreleased song, Hotel Room. Overall, Lauren Sanderson did not disappoint and it was great to have her home for one night.
It’s been nearly a decade since Canadian post-hardcore icons Alexisonfire last released new music. In that time, the band has broken up in 2011, played a farewell tour the following year, and then reunited in 2015, continuing to play festival dates while repeatedly emphasizing that they were taking things slowly, with no immediate plans for new music. And with Dallas Green’s City and Colour project finding more success than ever, many fans have had little hope that new music would ever arrive.
Actions Speak Louder is a post-hardcore band, located in Orlando, Florida; they’re notably known for their covers of Stitches and Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. Actions Speak Louder is additionally apart of the Artists Investing In Fans program through Beneath The Skin alongside bands such as Memphis May Fire and Paramore.
When Hands Like Houses made their debut in 2012 with Ground Dweller on Rise Records, they immediately stood out. At the time, Rise’s roster of new signings was filled to the brim with dime-a-dozen metalcore bands that did little to distinguish their stereotypically angsty and melodramatic music from the then-dominant groups of the Warped Tour scene… or from each other. With their label dominated by so much sonic homogeny, it was downright refreshing to see Rise take a chance on an Australian sextet who flipped the script, crafting a progressive sound where sonic intricacy meshed with nuanced lyrical storytelling, a combination that could reach genuinely riveting heights.